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Bulldog golfers beat Comets by 9 strokes

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WYRICK: Clinton Central senior Olivia Wyrick chips onto the green on No. 15 at Frankfort Commons Golf Course.
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SHEETS: Clinton Central sophomore Addy Sheets tees off of No. 16 Wednesday at Frankfort Commons.
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MCQUINN: Clinton Central junior Hannah McQuinn tees off No. 16 at Frankfort Commons during the Bulldogs’ match versus the Eastern Comets.
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OSTLER: Clinton Central senior Macy Ostler taps the ball home during the Bulldogs’ win over the Comets.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Clinton Central girls’ golf team earned its first win of the season, beating the Eastern Comets, 213-222, Wednesday at Frankfort Commons Golf Course.

Clinton Central head coach was pleased to get the win, even if she didn’t think it was pretty.

“It was a different,” Clinton Central head coach Kimberly Deck said. “They couldn’t get in a rhythm. There was a lot of waiting for the second and third groups, and I think that came into play a bit. It was only our second match, and it was also Eastern’s second match. So the season is still early. We are excited about county this weekend.”

Junior Hannah McQuinn led the Bulldogs by finishing the back nine at Frankfort Commons in 48 strokes – just two strokes behind Eastern medalist Jillian Larowe – while fellow Bulldogs junior Mollie McDaniel and senior Macy Ostler each carded a 54, sophomore Addy Sheets came in at 57 strokes to round-out the four-golfer team score, and senior Olivia Wyrick finished at 59.

“(McQuinn) was disappointed with her play, which I think just says that she is focused and realizes that she could potentially do much better,” Deck said. “Addy (Sheets) putted very well and McQuinn also putted well.

“Macy Ostler shot a 54 tonight but she played well on Monday,” she added. “I think she is ready to post a pretty low score at county. I think it is coming. Macy’s drives are really looking outstanding this early in the season. She can hit the ball. (McDaniel) doesn’t play in the No. 1 spot, but she always turns in a good score. She is always right there in the mix. Today was another example of that with a 54.”

The Bulldogs have three new golfers this season in senior Kallie Mennen and sophomores Yari Figeuroa and Kayle Burnett.

“They are new to the sport,” Deck said. “Although they didn’t play in the top five, they are definitely improving every day, and I am really happy with that.”

Wednesday’s match was the second time this week the Bulldogs played at Frankfort Commons in advance of Saturday’s 9 a.m. Clinton County Tournament on the same course.

“It should be favorable for us because we played the back nine which tends to be more difficult for us,” Deck said. “That gave them that exposure.”

Golfers who finish in the top five at the Clinton County Tournament will make the All-County Team.

“Depending on who is showing up to play that day, I think I have two or three (who could make it),” Deck said.